More Details on Effexor XR
Depression, even in its most severe form, is highly treatable. As with many illnesses, getting depression treatment early is more effective and reduces the chance of recurrence.
The most common forms of treatment for depression are medication (antidepressants) and psychotherapy ("talk" therapy). In some cases of severe depression, healthcare providers may recommend electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Some people may also try complementary or alternative treatments for depression (see Natural Remedies for Depression).
For most people, Effexor XR is quite effective at treating depression. It is also generally well-tolerated. However, it is possible that side effects will occur during treatment with Effexor XR or that the medicine may not work as well as needed. In these cases, your healthcare provider may recommend an alternative to Effexor XR. Some examples of substitute depression medications include:
- Other serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
- Norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
(Click Effexor XR Alternatives to learn more about alternatives to Effexor XR. Click Dealing With Depression to learn other ways of managing depression.)
Overdose With Effexor XR
People who take too much Effexor XR may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
- Irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Altered levels of consciousness, including coma
If you happen to overdose on Effexor XR, seek medical attention immediately.
(Click Effexor Overdose for more information.)